IRELAND – Irish Family Planning Association statement on their information and support services

Last week, we reported that the @IrishFPA had to change the stock photos of women they use online and in their materials after learning that another group were using the same pictures to promote anti-abortion messages. Here is the IFPA’s statement in response to this: “The IFPA’s website and health information leaflets are transparent about the IFPA’s values and services: we are a rights-based, women-centred service and we offer quality pregnancy counselling, early abortion care, … Continued

IRELAND – Anti-abortion group tries to use same photos as Irish Family Planning Association

The Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) has had to change the stock photos of women it uses in its promotional materials after learning that an anti-abortion group that runs a so-called crisis pregnancy service was using the same pictures to promote anti-abortion messages. For example, they used one photo to advertise “post-abortion” care, which said: “Some women may experience feelings of sadness, grief, anger and regret following an abortion.” The IFPA are concerned that pregnant … Continued

IRELAND – Responses to 2019 Annual Report on abortion statistics

The outgoing Minister for Health Simon Harris, who successfully steered abortion law reform through the Irish parliament, has released the 2019 abortion statistics. Of note is that compared to the previous five years, the reported number of legal abortions had risen greatly. The numbers were 26 in 2014, 26 in 2015, 25 in 2016, 15 in 2017, 32 in 2018, and 6,666 in 2019 (Department of Health Annual Notifications). These included 6,542 abortions for pregnancy … Continued

IRELAND – IFPA videos and guide for self-managed abortion will pills: excellent materials

Since January 2019, abortion care has been available in Ireland on a woman’s request up to 12 weeks of pregnancy. Most women were provided with medical abortion, using mifepristone and misoprostol. The model of care required two face-to-face visits to a doctor, three days apart. The mifepristone tablet was taken with the doctor present and the misoprostol at home 24 to 48 hours later. In April 2020, the Health & Safety Executive issued a revised … Continued

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